History of the Teachers Institute

Textile Seminar

A History of Respect, Renewal, and Reward

The North Carolina Humanities Council has worked with teachers in individual school districts and statewide since 1983 when it first funded programs sponsored by various colleges and universities.  Since 1996, the Council has designed and implemented its own seminars.  Held at sites throughout the state and led by some of the best scholars, the Teachers Institute has offered a wide array of topics for teachers to study, including:

  • ¡Aquí Estamos!: North Carolina Identities in the Making;
  • From Wilderness to Eden? The Place of Nature and Culture in North Carolina History; 
  • Somerset Place: Slavery and Its Legacy; 
  • Contemporary Tar Heel Writers;
  • The Culture of Textiles in North Carolina;
  • Appalachian Voices
  • Core Sound: A People and Place of Change and Courage; and
  • The American Indian Seminar Series.

A complete list of seminars can be found here.

Classroom study has been enhanced by various experiences in the field, including

  • creation of pottery in the Seagrove area, from digging and working the clay to firing completed pieces in the kiln;
  • basket-making and butter-churning at Somerset Place;  
  • tours of a working hosiery mill and a renovated mill village; 
  • visits to a working fishhouse on the Core Sound and a Christmas tree farm in Ashe County; and
  • the experience of a Cherokee morning song to greet the sunrise on Clingman’s Dome.